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Iwatta's Disrupting Development

Posted by Anthony Dickens

More details on what to expect from Iwatta at Games Developers Conference 2006.

Nintendo feed us more details on the GDC keynote speech in March. Satoru Iwata returns for the second year for keynote speech of the 2006 Game Developers Conference. "GDC, the world's largest event exclusively devoted to the art of game creation, will take place at the San Jose Convention Center Monday through Friday, March 20-24."

"In his keynote, entitled "Disrupting Development," Iwata will inspire developers to take risks and mine the depths of their imaginations to create innovative games regardless of the size of teams or budgets. He will point to the Nintendo DS "brain-training" games and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to prove it is still possible to succeed at engaging new players and surprising existing players. Iwata will also share his thoughts on the role Nintendo's video game systems will play in expanding the market and widening the possibilities for developers."

We really want to know the juicy details about Revolution, but I'm less convinced we're going to hear about it before E3. Nintendo.com go on to tell us about the keynote.

"This year will see the arrival of more new portable and home game systems, and outside attention remains predictably focused on technical specifications and processing muscle. This is not trivial; but also not newsworthy. After all, every new system is more powerful than its predecessor.

Developers know what drives the video game business. It is our work. We are the creators, the innovators, the entertainers. We understand that people who imagine things, even more than the people who engineer them, are the key to reaching players.

Unfortunately, the application of imagination is getting more and more difficult. Larger games require more hours, more manpower, and a lot more money. And as budgets rise, the appetite for risk falls.

As Nintendo has demonstrated with Nintendo DS, our goal is to expand the industry to new players…and to surprise existing players.

In a speech entitled, "Disrupting Development," Nintendo President Satoru Iwata will reveal the backstory of how a string of recent disruptive products from Nintendo — the Nintendo DS, the 'brain-training' games, and Nintendo WiFi Connection—surprised the market. He will share his thoughts on the role Nintendo's video game systems will play in expanding the market and widening the possibilities for developers."

We'll certainly be listening as and when it happens later next month.

[via nintendo.com]

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